This St. Patrick’s Day roll and cover the numbers activity is a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn number recognition and number sense. This no-prep math center is perfect for busy teachers and homeschool parents who are looking for engaging number activities to use this St. Patrick’s Day!
Make sure you check out this St. Patrick’s Day roll and cover alphabet activity too!
We are loving the roll, cover and write mats right now. The kids are enjoying them so much and so many of you have downloaded them and sent emails telling me how much you love them, so I am going to keep them coming.
Benefits of the St. Patrick’s Day Roll and Cover Mats
They cover a variety of math skills while also being differentiated to the needs of learners at a variety of levels of ability.
Here are some of the skills covered while using the mats:
Number sense – Number recognition, counting, subitizing, one to one correspondence, addition, writing numbers and number words.
There are mats for numbers 1-12 and versions that including tracing numbers and those with handwriting lines.
Children can practice number recognition and counting with numbers 1-6 or they can use two dice and add the numbers together for the numbers 7-12.
Not only is this a fun way to develop these very important math skills, but is also hands-on and engaging for young kids who often lose interest quickly.
Setting up the Shamrock Roll and Cover Mats
I created these shamrock roll and cover mats in a way that requires very few supplies and limits the amount of prep you need to do ahead of time.
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- Roll and Cover Mats (button to download at the bottom of this post)
- Dice (I like these)
- Pom poms, counting chips, gems or something else to use as manipulatives
- Dry-erase markers or wet erase markers
- Laminator and laminating pouches or Write and Wipe Pockets
Once you buy these supplies you will be able to use them over and over again for all of the roll and cover mats I make in the future.
- Laminate the mats or slip them into write and wipe pockets. I have found that 5 mil laminating sheets work best if you want to use dry-erase markers on them. Otherwise it doesn’t come off. If all you have is 3 mil, then I would use wet erase markers instead. Overall, I prefer write and wipe pockets most.
Using the Shamrock Roll and Cover Mats this St. Patrick’s Day
Children will roll the number dice. They can also use two number dice and add the numbers together when using the mats that include numbers 7-12. They will do this by keeping one dice at a 6 then rolling the other and adding it to the 6.
Finally, they will write the number or trace it, depending on which mats you are using. This continues until all of the numbers have been covered on the mat.
The kids enjoy these roll and cover mats because they engage them in an activity that is a lot like a game. I love them because they give them so much practice with a variety of skills.
I hope your kids enjoy them and learn a lot too!